So it's the fourth day in a row you've attempted to get out of bed early in the morning and hit the gym before work, but somehow you just can't find the motivation. Last week you were up and at 'em before 6am. But does it really matter? The case for hitting the snooze button is obviously the importance of sleep in general. We need it to fuel through the day, so skimping on it for anything is not a good idea. “If you want all-around rock star health, then sleeping and working out are both important,” says Rob Sulaver, sports nutritionist and trainer at Bandana Training. As for hitting it early, there are definitely benefits to early morning exercise routines, like getting those endorphins to help set the tone for a feel-good, low-stress day. Early-bird workouts also lead to better sleep research notes. Just make sure you're not sacrificing valuable sleep. Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., a National Sleep Foundation environmental says, “If you find you feel fatigued during the day, that it’s difficult to concentrate or hard to wake up, then you may need to reconsider your sleep schedule.” Not sure which one is right for you? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I actually going to shut off my alarm and sleep in?
- Can I workout any other time during the day?
- Can I make up the workout later in the week, possibly by doing a two-a-day?